I’m pretty sure if I were diagnosed with cancer ten years ago, I would have felt angry, terrified, utterly devastated. My world would have collapsed.
In those days, the thought of losing my hair—and my eyebrows!—would have induced a panic not even an experienced therapist could talk me down from. I was not secure in my body, so those features seemed critical to me. Beauty couldn’t possibly exist—for me, at least—without them.
But at this photo shoot last Saturday, I actually felt more confident than I’ve ever felt in my lifetime. Even with all of my new, “unusual” features, I felt beautiful.
Throughout my own journey of self-accpetance, I realized as we embrace our unusual features (or what we may perceive as flaws, shortcomings, imperfections), we begin to discover that beauty exists far beyond long flowing hair and perfect eyebrows. It is infinitely more than flawless skin and an absence of scars. More than lustrous eyelashes and polished nails.
Beauty—in its truest form—is self-love.
I’ve never had so many unusual features as I do now; yet I’ve never felt so beautiful, so confident, so good about my self. I’ve never felt this comfortable in my own skin (note: featured photos were taken with almost zero makeup!).
So, next time you’re feeling blue because your hair isn’t perfect or your brows are unruly, remember, you are so much more than your hair, your brows, or your physical body. And you are beautiful.